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‘America’s Got Talent’ Auditions Continue with Some Unique Acts

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On Tuesday night, America’s Got Talent Season 16 returned for another night of auditions. Although this week’s show didn’t feature a Golden Buzzer act, we got to see some seriously unique talents, as well as an emotional act to close the show.

Last week, the judges made AGT history by hitting a group Golden Buzzer for 9-year-old opera singer Victory Brinker. There’s only one week of auditions left, and we’re loving this season’s crop of talent.

Mom Confronts Howie Mandel on ‘America’s Got Talent’

One of the most shocking moments of the night came when a young dance duo named Michael and Angelina Novikova auditioned for the show. As it turns out, their brother performed on the show with their mom in a past season of the show, as Alla and Daniel.

They made it to the live shows, but Howie Mandel buzzed the act and criticized Daniel for being repetitive. Simon Cowell invited their mom to come out on stage. She told Mandel that he was “really really rude” to her son. The judge made sure to react positively to Michael and Angelina’s audition.

The brother and sister duo showed off some impressive ballroom dance moves. Mandel gave them a standing ovation for the performance. He also apologized, although the kids’ mother seemed reluctant to accept it. Angelina, on the other hand, told Mandel that they forgave him, adding, “Everybody makes mistakes.”

It was an adorable moment, made awkward when Cowell hit Mandel’s red buzzer as a joke after the family walked off stage. The kids received four “yes” votes and will move on to the next round.



Mentalist Is Like Nothing We’ve Seen on ‘AGT’ Before

French mentalist Kevin Micoud wowed the judges during this week’s show. Not only did he seemingly send messages telepathically between the judges and Terry Crews, but he actually illustrated the process right in front of them using visuals we haven’t seen before.

Micoud had Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara think of two past AGT contestants. He then seemed to hold Crews’ brain in his hand, and placed the judges’ thoughts into it. This adds a whole new layer to the classic mentalist format, and makes Micoud’s act even more engaging.

Cowell called the act “sensational,” adding that it takes the talent “into the future.” He even said the act was worthy of a show in Las Vegas. Micoud earned three “oui” votes from the judges to move on, and we can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve.

Drag Queen Contortionist Performs in Heels

Something else we haven’t seen much of on America’s Got Talent? A drag queen who performs hand balance and contortion in high heels. That’s exactly what Scarlett Business did during her audition. She got into some crazy positions, sometimes balancing on one hand.

Scarlett ended the performance with a dramatic split. Cowell told her she “put on a show,” while Mandel pointed out that she was “more fun” than previous contortion and hand balance acts they’ve seen on the show. She received four “yes” votes to move on to the next round.



Husband Performs Emotional Love Song for Wife

The most emotional audition of the night came at the very end of the episode, when singer Ray Singleton performed the song “I Am Yours” by Andy Grammer for his wife Roslyn, who is a Navy veteran and a brain cancer survivor. Ray’s music helped her through 10 months of chemotherapy, and she’s now cancer-free.

Ray played the keyboard as he sang. Afterward, the judges invited Roslyn on stage, and the couple embraced. She said of Ray’s performance, “I’ve never heard him sing so good.” During the song, she could be seen crying backstage.

Ray earned four “yes” votes from the judges to move on to the next round. He may not have received the Golden Buzzer, but his talent and story definitely touched a lot of people.

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